SchoolArts Magazine

APR 2018

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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so that the folded back edges make a straight line parallel to the vertical edge of the paper. 2. Fold the mouth again in the opposite direction and sharpen the fold to make the paper easier to fold. Pull out the folded paper to form an open mouth. The mouth should open and close easily. 3. Carefully close the large shape so the mouth is open. Fold the paper closed and draw a face that goes completely around the mouth without touching it. 4. To make a backing for the face or figure, fold a second sheet of construction paper in half. Carefully align the two folds of the two papers and glue the face or body shape to the second sheet of paper while the mouth is open and folded back. Do not put glue on any part of the mouth, only on the paper around it, especially on the outside edges. Embellishment Encourage students to add shapes for details with cut-paper scraps. Deco - rative scissors, crimpers, and hole punches all offer possibilities for further embellishment. To create the form of a book, students can leave on the background paper of the pop-up. Some may choose to carefully cut out the face or body instead. Extensions You could have students write short stories about their characters and attach them to the back of their folded books. The pop-up books stand up by themselves, which makes them easy and engaging to display. Nancy Walkup is the editor-in-chief of SchoolArts magazine and a contributing author of Davis Publications' elementary curriculum, Explorations in Art. This les - son is a variation of one in the second-grade text, pp. 114 –117. nwalkup @ davisart.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K www.flashlightworthybooks.com/ Best-Pop-Up-Books/238 Objectives The student will: • understand that some artists design pop-up books. • perceive and discuss features and mechanics of pop-up illustrations. • create a character for a story using pop-up techniques. • add cut paper parts and details to complete a character. Materials • 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm) colored construction paper, two pieces of contrasting colors per student • assorted colors of construction paper scraps • scissors • glue • markers (optional) A second-grader proud of her work. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21

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